Top South Africa Elopement Spots

Elopements are becoming increasingly popular among couples seeking intimate, unique, and adventurous weddings. South Africa offers a lot of stunning locations perfect for these special moments. As a South African elopement photographer, I’m passionate about capturing these unforgettable experiences, so I’ve compiled my top elopement spots in South Africa that will make your day amazing!

Why South Africa for Your Elopement?

South Africa’s diverse landscapes offer something for every couple. Whether you’re drawn to the coastlines of Cape Town, the mountains of Drakensberg, or Kruger National Park, you’ll find a perfect spot to exchange vows. Additionally, each location not only provides a stunning backdrop but also an unforgettable experience that will make your elopement truly special.

Elopement Spots in/near Cape Town

Cape Town has breathtaking landscapes and is a top destination for couples wanting an intimate elopement. Whether you’re looking for dramatic ocean views, serene beaches, or lush gardens, Cape Town has it all. Here are some spots below!

Bride in a white wedding dress and groom walking in a field during their South Africa elopement

Bride in a white strapless wedding  and groom walking in a field during their South Africa elopement

Chapman’s Peak 

Along one of the world’s most scenic drives, Chapman’s Peak provides a dramatic backdrop with its cliffs and panoramic ocean views. This location is ideal for couples who want a mix of adventure and breathtaking beauty. The winding roads and elevated viewpoints make for incredible photos and an unforgettable elopement experience. While here, you can also enjoy a picnic with views of the Atlantic Ocean or take a leisurely drive along the coastline.

Signal Hill 

Signal Hill offers panoramic views of Cape Town, the Atlantic Ocean, and the iconic Table Mountain. It’s a fantastic spot for a sunset elopement, where the city lights start to twinkle as you say your vows. The easy accessibility and stunning vistas make it a favorite among couples. Signal Hill is also known for its historical Noon Gun, fired every day at noon, and its proximity to the vibrant neighborhoods of Bo-Kaap and Sea Point.

Kirstenbosch National Gardens 

For a lush, green setting, Kirstenbosch National Gardens is a perfect choice. Nestled against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these gardens are renowned for their beauty and biodiversity. It’s a serene and romantic spot, perfect for nature-loving couples. You can explore the Canopy Walkway, known as the Boomslang, which offers treetop views of the garden, or simply enjoy the variety of indigenous plants and tranquil streams.

Kirstenbosch National Gardens in South Africa a South Africa elopement location

Kirstenbosch National Gardens in South Africa a South Africa elopement location

Boulders Beach

At this beach, there’s a colony of African penguins! Boulders Beach offers a special and playful setting for your elopement. The combination of the sands, water, and the charming penguins makes for an unforgettable experience for your South Africa elopement!

Lion’s Head 

For couples who love hiking and adventure, Lion’s Head provides a breathtaking backdrop. The hike is relatively easy, and the views from the top are absolutely worth it. Imagine exchanging vows with a 360-degree view of Cape Town and the ocean below. Lion’s Head is also famous for its full moon hikes, where you can enjoy a romantic climb under the moonlight.

Camps Bay

Camps Bay is known for its beautiful beach and the sensational Twelve Apostles mountain  range in the background. It’s a fantastic spot for a beach elopement, with soft sands, clear waters, and a lively atmosphere. The sunsets here are unforgettable!  After your ceremony, you can enjoy a meal at one of the many seaside restaurants or take a stroll along the bustling promenade.

Elopement Spots along The Garden Route 

Stretching along the southeast coast, the Garden Route combines world-class beaches, iridescent lagoons, and indigenous forests with welcoming towns. A simple, scenic, ocean-hugging highway guarantees the Garden Route inclusion in every roundup of ultimate four-wheeled adventures. Here are a few places along the Garden Route that would be perfect for an elopement:

Wilderness National Park 

Wilderness National Park offers a tranquil setting with its serene lakes, lush forests, and stunning beaches. It’s a haven for nature lovers and an ideal spot for an intimate elopement surrounded by natural beauty. You can also enjoy canoeing on the Touw River, hiking through the forest trails, or bird-watching in this peaceful paradise.


Knysna is famous for its lagoon and the iconic Knysna Heads, two towering cliffs guarding the entrance to the lagoon. This picturesque town offers a variety of beautiful spots for an elopement, from waterfront venues to forested areas. You can explore the Featherbed Nature Reserve, take a sunset cruise on the lagoon, or enjoy fresh oysters at the local restaurants.

Plettenberg Bay 

Plettenberg Bay, with its pristine beaches and rugged coastline, is a dream location for a South Africa elopement. The area also offers lush forests and Robberg Nature Reserve, providing diverse backdrops for your special day.  You can also enjoy activities such as whale watching, exploring the Tsitsikamma National Park, or visiting the nearby elephant sanctuaries.

Stony Point 

Stony Point is another fantastic location for penguin lovers. This coastal spot near Betty’s Bay is home to a large colony of African penguins, providing a unique and charming setting for your elopement. In addition to the penguins, you can explore the Harold Porter Botanical Garden or enjoy a scenic drive along Clarence Drive, known for its breathtaking views.

 St Lowry’s Pass

St Lowry’s Pass offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes, making it an incredible location for an elopement. The dramatic cliffs and vistas create a perfect backdrop for your vows! The pass is also known for its proximity to the beautiful  Elgin Valley, where you can enjoy wine tasting and exploring lush orchards.

Still Bay 

Still Bay is a peaceful coastal town with beautiful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s an excellent choice for couples looking for a serene and picturesque spot to elope. The town also offers activities such as visiting the ancient fish traps, exploring the Palinggat Homestead, or enjoying water sports on the Goukou River.

Mossel Bay 

Mossel Bay is known for its beaches and rich history. The Point area offers panaramic ocean views and rocky landscapes, ideal for an adventurous and scenic elopement.  You can also explore the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, go shark cage diving, or take a hike along the Cape St. Blaize Trail .

Nature’s Valley 

Nature’s Valley is a hidden gem along the Garden Route. With its beach, lagoon, and lush forest, it provides a variety of backdrops for an intimate elopement. You can also enjoy hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park, bird-watching, or simply relaxing in this tranquil and secluded paradise.


Tsitsikamma is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, including the famous Storms River Mouth. The combination of dense forests, rugged coastlines, and clear rivers makes it a breathtaking location for an adventurous elopement. Activities here include zip-lining through the forest, kayaking on the Storms River, or hiking the Otter Trail.

Elopement spot along the garden route in South Africa called Tsitsikamma Nature reserve. A long bridge stretches over the blue ocean from mountain to mountain
Beautiful lake running through two cliffs at Tsitsikamma nature reserve along the Garden Route in South Africa

Elopement Spots in/near the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in South Africa and a dream come true for couples who want the beauty of mountains, waterfalls, and striking landscapes. This mountain range offers a perfect backdrop for a romantic and adventurous elopement. Here are some elopement spots in the Drakensberg:

Tugela Falls

As the second-highest waterfall in the world, Tugela Falls is a great location for a South Africa elopement! The surrounding Drakensberg mountains offer a sense of calm and beauty, making it perfect for couples looking to tie the knot in Mother nature. Besides the stunning views, you can also enjoy hiking to the top of the falls or exploring the Royal Natal National Park.

Cathedral Peak 

This iconic mountain in the Drakensberg range is a breathtaking backdrop for an elopement. With its dramatic peaks and valleys, Cathedral Peak offers a mix of adventure and romance, ideal for a memorable elopement.  You can also enjoy hiking, bird-watching, or staying at the luxurious Cathedral Peak Hotel.

Rainbow Gorge 

Rainbow Gorge is known for its beautiful waterfall and lush surroundings. It’s an enchanting spot for an intimate elopement, surrounded by the sounds of nature and the beauty of the Drakensberg.  The area also offers various hiking trails, where you can explore the diverse flora and fauna.

Sani Pass 

For the adventurous couple, Sani Pass offers a thrilling and picturesque elopement location. The pass, which connects South Africa to Lesotho, features rugged terrain and breathtaking views, perfect for a unique and memorable ceremony.  You can also visit the Sani Mountain Lodge, known for having the highest pub in Africa, and enjoy a drink with spectacular views.

A couple holding hands walks toward the sunset on a rocky landscape, with the woman wearing a flowing white dress at Drakensburg a South Africa elopement spot


The Amphitheater in the northern Drakensberg is a majestic cliff face that offers an absolutely stunning backdrop for an elopement. The dramatic scenery and the grandeur of the cliffs make it a truly unforgettable location. You can also hike to the Tugela Falls or explore the Sentinel Peak, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Places to Elope on Safari in South Africa

For couples who love wildlife, adventure, and the great outdoors, eloping on a safari in South Africa offers an unforgettable setting for a romantic and intimate ceremony. Here are some top safari South Africa elopement spots:

Kruger National Park 

Eloping in Kruger National Park is a dream come true for couples who love wildlife, adventure, and the great outdoors. This park offers an unforgettable setting for a romantic and intimate elopement.

A bride and groom leaning out of the safari vehicle in South Africa with the Sun shining behind them
An elopement bride and groom sitting on a safari vehicle during blue hour with the moon behind them
A South Africa elopement couple sitting between the grass in one of the top elopement spots in South Africa

Isambane Lodge

For couples who love wildlife and adventure, Isambane Lodge in Kruger National Park provides a great experience for a Safari elopement. Imagine exchanging vows surrounded by the sounds of nature and the possibility of seeing the Big Five.

Marloth Park 

Located on the southern boundary of Kruger National Park, Marloth Park offers a unique and intimate safari elopement experience. This wildlife sanctuary allows you to exchange vows in a tranquil setting with animals freely roaming around, adding a touch of wild charm to your special day.

Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands is famous for its luxurious lodges and incredible wildlife viewing. An elopement here is perfect for the adventurous couple looking for a one-of-a-kind experience! You’ll be able to create lifelong memories in the heart of the African bush.

South Africa offers a wealth of locations for an elopement, each with its unique charm and beauty. From the dramatic landscapes of Cape Town to the lush Garden Route, the majestic Drakensberg, and the adventurous safari settings, there is a perfect spot for every couple’s dream elopement. Whether you’re exchanging vows with the ocean as your witness, among towering mountains, or surrounded by the wonders of the African bush, South Africa promises an elopement that you will cherish forever.

Read more on my latest blog on How to have a Safari Elopement for more information.

Looking for a Photographer for your South Africa Elopement

My name is Heidi, and I specialize in capturing the magic of South Africa elopements. Based in South Africa for half the year, I have had the privilege of photographing couples in some of the most amazing locations! I can help you choose the perfect location for your elopement! You can reach out to me here and see more of my work here!

A South African Elopement and Destination wedding photographer standing in the bush with a giraffe walking behind her

Elopement Packages

I offer a variety of different packages, which all include the following:

  • Luxury accommodation for bridal couple
  • All meals & snacks
  • All (non-alcoholic) Beverages
  • 2 game drives per day for Safari Elopements
  • Full-Day Photo Coverage
  • Hair & Make Up
  • Florals
  • Cake

Starting at $10K

Read more on my blog, All Inclusive Elopement Packages for South Africa for more information. 

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